The Roots Picnic for 2020 had an exciting lineup but had to be called off in wake of the pandemic.
However, the organizers moved to a virtual event to still give fans something to be excited about and also pushing a voter registration drive. Former first lady Michelle Obama was Saturday event’s co-host along with members of the legendary The Roots crew, Questlove and Black Thought.
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Roots Picnic 2020 is here…an entire day of entertainment 1)Hosted by none other than our #foreverFLOTUS @michelleobama and @whenweallvote 2)The Lineup…make sure to subscribe and tune in to @theroots @youtube channel @ 8pm EST/5pm PST to catch these performances and appearances. 3)Roots Picnic #PreShow at 5:30PM EST. Catch some amazing performances from emerging artists 4)#RootsPicnic DJ Pre-Show. Some of my favorite DJ’s spinning on #IGlive. Kicked Off at 2:00pm EST 5)#RootsPicnic Marketplace powered by @paypal . This might be my favorite part of the Picnic. We partnered with @paypal to highlight and help amplify black businesses. Please check it out and support. #RootsPicnic #2020 #VirtualExperience #Music #BlackArt #CulinaryArts #WhenWeAllVote
The event kicked off with Michelle Obama encouraging viewers to vote in this year’s elections and how it impacts our lives. The event also supported Obama’s nonpartisan nonprofit organization, When We All Vote. The event featured exclusive performances by The Roots, H.E.R., Roddy Ricch, Lil Baby, SZA, Polo G and Kirk Franklin among others. SZA performed her CTRL track ‘Normal Girl’ outdoors while Lil Baby rocked his protest track ‘The Bigger Picture’.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 16, 2020
Those who missed the livestream can watch full replay of the event below.